Knowing they could chomp on a tooth-breaking olive pit with every bite slows fast eaters to a more refined pace, giving other diners a better chance at the platter.
When you're feeding a crowd, you have to think about things like that.
GIVE US AN "A" — I have no definitive answer for the spelling of Osama as in Osama bin Laden. Time magazine ran a picture of bin Laden recently with his name written in Arabic under it.
The name starts with an alef (all that means is the name starts with a vowel, any vowel), followed by a sem (an "S"), followed by an alef, which in that position has the sound of a Spanish "A," then a mem (an M) and finally a symbol that stands for an A.
Bin Laden's first name starts with a vowel and that could be an A or an O or a U or even an I. However, I agree with your Calexico reader. It probably doesn't make any difference since spellings change in translation. — Old Friend, Silicon Valley
Good, because we're sticking with Osama, The Associated Press-approved spelling. Thank you.
GASOLINE FOR TODDLER — I will donate 500 gallons of gasoline to deliver that little girl to San Diego for her medical treatments for her leukemia. — Christmas Angel, rural Seeley
Thank you. Call Cindy at 355-4365 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cindy knows the family.
A FUND RAISER FOR TODDLER — I belong to a group of guys who work at Holly Sugar. We would like to put on a fund raiser for the little girl with leukemia. — Good Guys, Brawley
OK, Cindy, it's your turn. Get in touch with Bill Woelke at 344-6604, ext. *8-20 or 344-3112, ext. *8-34.
TURN ON THE CABLE — Here's $10 to turn on the woman's cable. How much does she need? — Generous, El Centro
She needs $60.
SEARCH FOR BOXERS' OWNER — The man who found the two boxers, one male and one female, called us back and we are grateful. We are even more grateful he left his name — Steve Apodaca — and a number where he can be reached, 482-0811.
OK, PROBE readers, if you know anyone who is missing two boxers, tell the person to call Steve. He is determined to find the owners of the dogs. We are sure they were missed by their family on Christmas. Let's see if we can get the dogs home before the new year.